Organised jointly by Queen’s University, Belfast, and Oxford Brookes University, this conference will review the history of poverty and poor-relief in Ireland in the era of the Irish poor law and succeeding welfare regimes to c.1948. The conference will explore the regionality of poverty and poor relief with the aim of highlighting the diversity of both the incidence and experience of distress, and administrative practices and ideologies. It will also consider the relevance of the history of welfare in modern Ireland for contemporary policy makers. Papers (20 minutes maximum) are invited on any topic dealing with the history of social welfare in Ireland in the period, placing the Irish experience of state welfare in comparative perspective, or identifying the legacy of the poor law for modern Ireland.
The conference will be held 26-27 June 2009 at Queen's University Belfast.
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